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Item Name: Photograph
Title: Geese
Maker: James Lisitza
Year: 1973
Country: Canadian
Materials: black and white photograph
Measurements: overall: 14.6 cm x 29.9 cm
ID Number: PC89.12
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: James Lisitza’s photography captures endearing moments of Saskatchewan life. In this work, geese appear to be either getting ready to take to the skies or sunning themselves in the bright, warm Saskatchewan air. As a photographer, Lisitza pays great attention to the formal compositions in his work. For example, the white of the geese contrasts with the dark ground, making a striking and balanced composition, displaying nature as an aesthetically beautiful reality. James J. Lisitza (1947) was born in Caragana, Saskatchewan. In 1970, Lisitza and his wife, the photographer Sylvia Jonescu-Lisitza joined with a small cooperative of photographers known as The Group, to create production facilities and a supportive environment for photography in Saskatoon. Membership included such award-winning photographers as Sandra Semchuk. In 1973, this group incorporated into The Photographers Gallery (now part of PAVED arts). Facilities included a gallery, library, photo collection, and darkroom. The organization fostered photographic artwork production in Western Canada. In 1976, Lisitza exhibited his photographs with Dunlop Art Gallery in a solo exhibition entitled, “Elevators: A Personal Study. Photographs by James J. Lisitza” Later in life, Lisitza moved to Vancouver. His artwork is held in several public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada.